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Schoof I Cabinet sworn in by King Willem-Alexander

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Schoof I Cabinet sworn in by King Willem-Alexander


King Willem-Alexander has sworn in the Ministers and State Secretaries of the Schoof I Cabinet at Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague. The new Dutch government is now officially in office.

Prime Minister Dick Schoof was the first to take the oath, followed by each Minister and State Secretary. They could take the oath by saying, “So help me God Almighty,” or “This I declare and promise,” depending on their religion or lack thereof. Two Cabinet members took the oath in Frisian, the second national language – Minister Femke Wiersma of Agriculture and State Secretary Folkert Idsinga of Taxation and Customs.

After the swearing-in, the new Cabinet stood on Huis ten Bosch’s landing for their official first picture with the King.

The new Cabinet consists of 16 Ministers and 13 State Secretaries. In addition to non-partisan Prime Minister Schoof, there are five Ministers and four State Secretaries on behalf of the PVV, four Ministers and three State Secretaries on behalf of the VVD, four Ministers and three State Secretaries for the NSC, and two Ministers and three State Secretaries for the BBB.

The formation process took 223 days, not breaking the Rutte IV Cabinet’s record of 299 days.

As usual, the King resigned all members of the previous Cabinet, the Rutte IV Cabinet led by Mark Rutte, “in the most honorable manner.” Rutte is the Netherlands’ longest-serving Prime Minister. He took office on 14 October 2010, serving nearly 14 years.

Ministry

Cabinet positions

Rumored candidate candidate

General Affairs

Prime Minister, Minister of General Affairs, no party

Dick Schoof

Foreign Affairs

Minister of Foreign Affairs (NSC)

Caspar Veldkamp

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (PVV)

Reinette Klever

Justice and Security

Minister of Justice and Security (VVD)

David van Weel

State Secretary of Justice and Security (PVV)

Ingrid Coenradie

State Secretary of Legal Protection (NSC)

Teun Struycken

Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations

Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations (NSC)

Judith Uitermark

State Secretary of Kingdom Relations and Digitalization (PVV)

Zsolt Szabó

State Secretary of Groningen Recovery (BBB)

Eddie van Marum

Education, Culture, and Science

Minister of Education, Culture, and Science (NSC)

Eppo Bruins

State Secretary of Primary- and Secondary Education and Emancipation (VVD)

Mariëlle Paul

Finance

Minister of Finance (VVD)

Eelco Heinen

State Secretary of Taxation and Customs (NSC)

Folkert Idsinga

State Secretary of Allowances (NSC)

Nora Achahbar

Defense

Minister of Defense (VVD)

Ruben Brekelmans

State Secretary of Defense (BBB)

Gijs Tuinman

Infrastructure and Water Management

Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (PVV)

Barry Madlener

State Secretary of Public Transport and Environment

Chris Jansen

Economic Affairs

Minister of Economic Affairs

Dirk Beljaarts

Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security, and Nature

Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security, and Nature (BBB)

Femke Wiersma

State Secretary of Fisheries, Food Security, and Nature (BBB)

Jean Rummenie

Social Affairs and Employment

Minister of Social Affairs and Employment (NSC)

Eddy van Hijum

State Secretary of Participation and Integration (VVD)

Jurgen Nobel

Public Health, Welfare, and Sport

Minister of Public Health, Welfare, and Sport (PVV)

Fleur Agema

State Secretary of Longterm- and Social Care (PVV)

Vicky Maeijer

State Secretary of Youth, Prevention, and Sport (VVD)

Vincent Karremans

Asylum and Migration

Minister of Asylum and Migration (PVV)

Marjolein Faber

Public Housing and Spatial Planning

Minister of Public Housing and Spatial Planning (BBB)

Mona Keijzer

Climate and Green Growth

Minister of Climate and Green Growth (VVD)

Sophie Hermans



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